Portsmouth News: Clegg pledge to halve number of admirals

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  1. From today's Pompey News: Clegg pledge to halve number of admirals
    It looks as though the leader of the Lib Dems remains sadly ill-informed. According to the March 2010 Bridge Card, the Naval Service still has nearly 80 surface warships of all sizes plus 14 nuclear submarines and 16 fleet auxiliaries. Then there are the three RM Commandos, 17 Naval Air Squadrons, Naval Strike Wing and all their supporting assets and infrastructure.

    For more accurate numbers of top brass, the DT printed this letter (link) from a recent (but fleetingly brief) Rum Rationer on 22 Apr 2010:

    So, there are 30 admirals and 6 RM general officers to lead 35,000 uniformed personnel (link) and umpteen MoD civil servants, manage over a hundred hulls and administer a budget of several billion pounds, plus fill several top level MoD support roles and other national, NATO, EU and tri-service billets. This doesn't sound that unreasonable to me.

    On the other hand, perhaps we should start by sacking this Admiral? After all, the vast majority of warships he commands aren't even in the RN. :roll:
  2. Moreover, every single one of those Admirals are on 'blood chits', so if there is no job for them to go into after the appointment ends, then they have to leave the service. They will get between 6 - 12 months notice, and then they are off. No hanging around on 2OE or FTC for them: it's pretty cut-throat at the top, and you are a fool if you think they are on a sinecure...
  3. Have sent link to both the Tories and Lib Dems websites

    Couldnt be arsed letting Brown know, prob call the RFA's "RAF" again.
  4. I pray the Lib Dems never get anywhere near influencing Defence policy. The Armed Services get a rough deal as it is, imagine what it would be like under Clegg. I shudder to even think about it.
  5. Re: Portsmouth News: Clegg pledge to halve number of admiral

    Yet more opprobrium for the Lib Dems' naïveté regarding Defence:

    Lib Dems and national security
  6. Perhaps yer man Clegg was Norman all the time.
  7. Perhaps he's offering to double the number of ships and boats?

    (Nurse! Pills!)
  8. Re: Portsmouth News: Clegg pledge to halve number of admiral

    There is one thing that has become absolutely crystal clear during this election campaign; Clegg knows absolutely "diddly squat" about anything to do with Defence.
  9. Re: Portsmouth News: Clegg pledge to halve number of admiral

    You do realise that (at the moment, at least), Portsmouth has a Lib Dem MP? So locally, he shouts his support for all things RN, yet his leadership seems to have a different opinion...
  10. Re: Portsmouth News: Clegg pledge to halve number of admiral

    He knows which side his bread is buttered ! :wink:
  11. Pretty sure that the pension is a bit more than an honorary sports pass for the gym and complimentary bus pass.

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